Texas Vital Statistics Indexes

Contact Information
Need help? Contact us at:

ref@tsl.texas.gov
or
512-463-5455

 
Introduction

Our collection includes indexes to some Texas births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The indexes are organized alphabetically by name and provide the date of the event, the county in which the event occurred, and often the certificate file number. We do not have the actual certificates.

Searching the Indexes

Our collection of Texas vital statistics indexes is located in our Reference Reading Room. Request a Search.

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Births
Registration of births at the state level began in 1903 with the establishment of the State Department of Public Health and Vital Statistics.

Births 1903 and Later

Our collection includes birth indexes from 1903 through the most recent year available (currently 2010). We have one cumulative index for the years 1903 through 1909. Beginning with 1910, each year is indexed separately.

It was as late as the 1930s before births were consistently recorded. The notation "Inf of", meaning "infant of", may appear instead of a first name in the birth indexes, so searching by parents' names can be helpful.

Births Prior to 1903 (Delayed Birth Indexes)

Many people whose births were not officially recorded at the time had records established later in life. State registration of delayed birth certificates began in 1939, and we have indexes to a small portion of them. The indexes are arranged alphabetically and can include births from as early as 1880 and as late as 1975. Sometimes even individuals born out of state were issued a delayed birth certificate in Texas. Delayed births at the state level are registered under the individual’s full name, so there are no “infant of” listings or parents’ names in the delayed birth indexes.

If births were recorded before 1903, they were recorded in the county clerk's office in the county of birth, so you will want to check there for any records. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

Some birth records may be on microfilm. In addition to contacting the County Clerk, you may wish to also review the listing of County Records on Microfilm posted on our website. Check to see if the county where the birth occurred is listed and the types of records which have been filmed.

Contact the Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics and the county clerk's office directly for other possible delayed records.

Births After 2010

The latest index to Texas births we have available is for the year 2010.

You may wish to contact the county where the birth occurred. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

The Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics  may be able to assist you. For additional information, visit the Vital Statistics website .

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Deaths
Registration of deaths at the state level began in 1903 with the establishment of the State Department of Public Health and Vital Statistics.

Deaths 1903 and Later

Our collection includes death indexes from 1903 through the most recent year available (currently 2010). There is one cumulative index for the years 1903 through 1940, one index for 1941 through 1945, and one index for 1946 through 1955. Beginning with 1956, each year is indexed separately.

It was as late as the 1930s before deaths were consistently recorded. In the case of the death of an infant, the notation "Inf of", meaning "infant of", sometimes appears instead of a first name in the death indexes. Women are sometimes listed under their husband's first name.

Deaths Prior to 1903

If deaths were recorded before 1903, they were recorded in the county clerk's office in the county of birth, so you will want to check there for any records. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

Some death records may be on microfilm. In addition to contacting the County Clerk, you may wish to also review the listing of County Records on Microfilm posted on our website. Check to see if the county where the death occurred is listed and the types of records which have been filmed.

Deaths After 2010

The latest index to Texas deaths we have available is for the year 2010.

You may wish to contact the county where the death occurred. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

The Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics  may be able to assist you. For additional information, visit the Vital Statistics website .

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Marriages
Registration of marriages at the state level began in 1966.

Marriages Prior to 1966

Records of marriages prior to 1966 were only maintained by the county clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was obtained, so you will want to check there for any records. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

Some marriage records may be on microfilm. In addition to contacting the County Clerk, you may wish to also review the listing of County Records on Microfilm posted on our website. Check to see if the county where the marriage license was obtained is listed and the types of records which have been filmed.

Marriages 1966 and Later

Our collection includes marriage indexes from 1966 through 2005. Each year is indexed separately.

Marriage indexes through 2017 can be downloaded free of charge from the Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics website .

You may wish to contact the county where the marriage license was obtained. A list of County Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

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Divorces
Registration of divorces at the state level began in 1968.

Divorces Prior to 1968

Records of divorces prior to 1968 were only maintained by the district clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was obtained, so you will want to check there for any records. A list of District Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

Some divorce records may be on microfilm. In addition to contacting the District Clerk, you may wish to also review the listing of County Records on Microfilm posted on our website. Check to see if the county where the divorce was obtained is listed and the types of records which have been filmed.

Divorces 1968 and Later

Our collection includes divorce indexes from 1968 through 2005. There is one cumulative index for the years 1968 through 1972. Beginning with 1973, each year is indexed separately.

Divorce indexes through 2015 can be downloaded free of charge from the Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics website .

You may wish to contact the county where the divorce was obtained. A list of District Clerk addresses is on the County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas website .

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Request a Search
You may request that our staff search the indexes for you. Although we do not undertake genealogical research or verification, we are happy to search for specific names (no surname requests) in our Texas vital statistics indexes. Requests may be submitted to ref@tsl.texas.gov. We will respond with the transcribed results of our search.

Search Limits

Due to the high volume of requests, we must limit each request to five (5) specific searches. 

Your request must include the following information: 

  • First and last name of the individual. 
  • Type of record (birth, death, marriage, divorce). 
  • Specific years you wish to have searched (or, in the case of cumulative indexes, the range of years). 

If known, the following facts may help us with your request:

  • City or county where the event occurred or the person resided. 
  • For birth records, names of mother and father.
  • For death records, name of husband.
  • For marriage or divorce records, name of spouse.

Requests to search for name variations, including "Inf. of" (infant of) or a woman listed by her husband's name, are counted as separate searches toward our limit of five. Requests that fall outside of our search limit or scope will be returned for clarification.

Once we have responded to your request, you are welcome to submit another.

Search Request Examples

The following example represents a request for five (5) searches: 

  1. Jane Doe, birth, 1930
  2. Jane Doe, birth, 1931
  3. Jane Doe, marriage, 1967
  4. John Doe, birth, 1968
  5. Janice Doe, birth, 1970

The following example represents a request that exceeds our limit of five (5) searches:

  1. Jane Doe, birth, 1925-1932
  2. Jane Doe, marriage, 1966-1970
  3. John Doe, birth, 1968
  4. Janice Doe, birth, 1970

Other Access Options

If your search request exceeds our limits, you may borrow microform copies of the indexes through interlibrary loan. Contact your local library for more information about the interlibrary loan program.

Or consider hiring a private researcher for assistance with your search.

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Other Vital Statistics Resources

Genealogy websites such as FamilySearch.org  or Ancestry.com may be helpful to you. Both websites allow you to search multiple records and index collections in a single search.

Please note that Ancestry requires users to buy a subscription to access its collections. If you do not have an Ancestry subscription, check with your local library to see if they provide access to Ancestry Library Edition.

FamilySearch does not charge users to access their collections, but you will need to register for a free account. Some Texas vital statistics collections available to search on their website include:

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Related Materials

Genealogy Resources at TSLAC
County Records on Microfilm
About County Records
Newspaper Research at TSLAC
City Directories

Other Resources
Texas Historical Records Survey. Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Texas. San Antonio: State Bureau of Vital Statistics, 1941. Available from: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001596657 ; Internet; accessed September 2020.

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Page last modified: October 30, 2020